To encourage and fortify relationships between military service members, veterans, their families, their friends, and their Country; to nurture the path of communication for everyone, ensuring that no one is alone or left behind; and proving that we have not, are not, and will never forget the nobility of their sacrifices.

Monday, September 13, 2010

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

The third Friday of September is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. It is a day of Remembrance for those who have yet to come home; and the families who await their return.
According to the DOD there are 81,864 POW/MIA's who need to be Remembered.  Who have families waiting for closure of some sort.  There are several ways to show our Countries Son's are NOT FORGOTTEN. You can fly a POW/MIA flag, wear a shirt like the one below found at Ranger UP.

(It should be noted that a portion of the proceeds from the Ranger Up POW/MIA shirt will be donated to the National League of Families to continue the fight to bring every last man home. Now if the guys at Ranger UP would only make the shirt in women's sizes.**I would like to note as of September 16 Ranger Up now offers the MIA/POW shirt in women's sizes.) 

This new POW/MIA poster from the DoD can be ordered here along with prior years posters.  Memorial Bracelets can be found at various sites on the internet with the name of a POW/MIA. You might even have a family member with a Memorial bracelet from the 1970's when they where first worn.

If none of the above options work for you, at the very least you can wrap a black cloth around your upper arm in Remembrance.  When someone asks why you're wearing a black arm band, tell them it is in Honor and Hope for those who have not made it home. NEVER FORGET.


Spockgirl said...

A couple weeks ago I saw an article about a Korean POW whose remains were located and identified and returned to the States, and then you posted this. I am glad there is such a day and that you are letting people know about it.

ps: Your comment on This Ain't Hell was priceless.

Kristina Divine said...

Spockgirl~ There are Korean and Vietnam POW/MIA's who's remains are being identified all the time. There is an entire organization (which has the American stats I posted) dedicated to bringing every last one home and honoring them. The Korean and Vietnam War Memorial's actually have extra panels to add the names of these brave American's who are identified, no matter how many years later. Hopefully it gives the families some peace.

Between you and me, as far as This Ain't Hell.... I have an occasional "VISA" moment that's not really appropriate for this blogs content...